Candida Oesophagitis is just another term for Candida infection occurring in the food pipe. This generally initiates from pre-existing Candida infection in the mouth. When untreated, this fungus starts spreading into the oesophagus. This causes different painful symptoms that can be a result of your diet. Candida that causes oral thrush or the very well-known vaginal yeast infection is the same fungus that causes Candida Oesophagitis.
What could probably cause Candida Oesophagitis?
People having weakened immune system are largely affected by Candida yeast. People having HIV or patients undergoing chemotherapy are mostly the ones who suffer the most from Candida due to their vulnerable immune system. Candida is naturally present in mouth, food pipe and the bowels. They are the least harmful unless you give them a chance to cause massive colonization. People with diabetes and those who have undergone excessive use of antibiotics are also susceptible to this infection. Leukaemia patients are the most susceptible to such infection, as their blood becomes completely useless to carry antifungal agents to fight yeast infection. Women are more likely to experience Candida at least once in their entire lifetime than men. For more causes of Candida Oesophagitis see table below:
As seen from the table above that ‘old age’ is one of the leading causes on Candida Oesophagitis by 66.63% of reported cases. This is followed by ‘diabetes’ 42.85% and ‘COPD’ 35.29%.
But an old age person with either diabetes or COPD has an even greater chance of developing Candida Oesophagitis, and should look out of its symptoms at the earliest stage.
Candida Oesophagitis may seem harmless from outside but causes adverse effects on one’s health. Here are few symptoms that can be experienced:
Difficulty in swallowing solid food.
Pain in food pipe while swallowing
Oral thrush happens as the mouth can get affected.
Pain in chest
Feeling of food getting stuck within the food pipe.
Loss of appetite
Loss of sensation of taste
All other Candida infections may not need a diagnosis or test. But when it comes to Candida oesophagitis, a few tests should be done to understand the severity of the infection, including:
Endoscopy – This test is conducted by a fine fibre optic microscope passed through the food pipe into the stomach via the mouth. Samples are taken from the infected portion and tested.
Barium Swallow – In this test, the patient is asked to drink a fluid that puts a coating over the inner wall of the oesophagus. Then x ray is conducted to view the inside of the food pipe and stomach.
Samples taken from the throat and tested for signs of Candida.
Treatment for Candida
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If you still prefer to use medication, then below are some antifungal agents:
Standard medicine such as fluconazole and clotrimazole are common and keeps the Candida growth under control.
Topical antifungal mouthwash can be useful for clearing the mouth and throat so that Candida does not affect the oesophagus.
Some lozenges are also found that are composed of ginger extract. Ginger acts as a strong antifungal agent and thus responds well on the fungus in food pipe.
In extreme and severe cases, intravenous antifungal medications can be adopted.
A study was carried out to see if Candida oesophagitis infections are resistant to fluconazole, in case of immunocompetent patients. Although most Candida oesophagitis infections are caused by c. albicans but many other species of Candida like the krusei and tropicalis are resistant to treatment by fluconazole. Upon investigation through gastrointestinal endoscopy, it was found that 52.1% of the infections were caused by Candida albicans. What was alarming about this is that 8.6% out of them were resistant to fluconazole treatment. It was hence advised to proceed with caution while treating such patients with fluconazole.
This study here is a clear case of what can happen when the species not resistant to fluconazole treatment becomes resistant all of a sudden. It is hence highly advisable that in case of immunocompetent patients while treating such infections, precaution must be taken to observe whether fluconazole is having the expected effect or not.
It is always suggested to consult a doctor in a case of Candida Oesophagitis and never to take intravenous medication without suggestion made by a physician. Even after successful treatment of Candida, one needs to maintain a healthy immunity system. Any kind of immune system disorder will make your body susceptible to Candida yeast infection.
Another interesting study was based on the association of hepatitis C virus with Candida oesophagitis. This study published in June 2003 states that a 28 year old woman was found to have been suffering from chronic hepatitis C and Candida oesophagitis. On further investigation through serology reports and upper-gastrointestinal endoscopy among several others, it was found that the immunosuppression effects of hepatitis virus had caused this opportunistic infection to emerge. It also stated that further studies must be considered for finding the mechanism of such an association between the two conditions.
This study reveals that patients suffering from Hepatitis C virus are more likely to develop Candida oesophagitis just because Hepatitis C weakens the immunity of the human body.
There are several natural ways to keep away from Candida yeast infection. If you have pre-existing Candida infection, make sure that you cut off sugar from your diet to as low as nil. Eating unsweetened yoghurt can be very useful as it contains live useful bacteria that can stop the Candida from spreading. Avoid using antibiotics as much as possible, and above all keep good oral hygiene.
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